But I've noticed a new thing:
Lot of companies selling T shirts and other stuff designed to raise awareness of special needs.
But most of them are pretty naff. The colours are bad, the shapes are unflattering, and the slogans make me cringe.
And then I found Square Peg Clothing. It's a not for profit family enterprise based in Sutton Coldfield that produces the cutest range of T-shirts and sweatshirts for children and adults. Their logos certainly put the fun into special needs awareness! And the prices will put a smile on your face too, as they start from just £10.
So I begged for a couple of items to review to celebrate reaching another milestone on here, and they very kindly said yes.
This is what they sent:
The grey one is mine! Promoting autism awareness for my son and also possibly for me, since some people think I have Asperger's Syndrome too. I love it, it's soft and snuggly and warm and comfy, everything a sweatshirt should be. I hope to be wearing it for years. No photos though. I've posted quite enough selfies in recent weeks...
So where better to try them out than our Saturday social club where we could share them with other special needs parents?
Smiley was VERY pleased with her new sweatshirt!
And it survived being chewed, washed, tumble dried and still looks fabulous.
It seemed like a good idea to post this for autism awareness month in April, but not everyone agrees with it, and some won't like the clothing featured here either. I actually think that more autism awareness is needed. There are still people who have not heard of autism, and there are plenty more who don't understand it. I would be one of them, at least in part. And it's very hard to accept and embrace something that you don't understand.
For the next 30 days there will be lots and lots of stories and pictures about autism, inspiring and entertaining, dull and serious, sickly sweet or angry, depressing or scary. I'm guilty of writing stories like those too. So why not have a laugh at it all? Don't they say that laughter is the best medicine? I bet they do at Square Peg Clothing.